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 Post subject: Re: Worst cliches in interior design?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:43 pm 
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Ooohh don't get me started on wedding gifts of Waterford Crystal. And Newbridge silverware. Such a waste of money. Yes im ungrateful, but pretty sure a lot of them are re-gifts. One box i got looked like it had been through 4 or 5 couples by the time it got to us.
Took a while to flog it online!
Seriously though, most of these type of gifts didn't seem very thoughtful, more convenient for unimaginative people.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:53 pm 
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fuse wrote:
Ooohh don't get me started on wedding gifts of Waterford Crystal. And Newbridge silverware. Such a waste of money. Yes im ungrateful, but pretty sure a lot of them are re-gifts. One box i got looked like it had been through 4 or 5 couples by the time it got to us.
Took a while to flog it online!
Seriously though, most of these type of gifts didn't seem very thoughtful, more convenient for unimaginative people.


Wine glasses - never used or unboxed.
Cutlery - the same.
I regret not flogging them immediately!


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 Post subject: Re: Worst cliches in interior design?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:57 pm 
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I think the fact I never got round to doing the wedding thing probably has something to do with it - the number of gifts we've got over the years is probably exponentially smaller than most couples, so easier to display without feeling nauseous at the sight of 10 Waterford Crystal Bowls!

Any time I've got presents smart glasses or cutlery, I've put them in the cupboard and used them along with the day to day stuff. They eventually break or go missing, but I prefer that than having them sitting in the attic unused.


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 Post subject: Re: Worst cliches in interior design?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:26 am 
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Centre of coffee table adorned with:
Waterford Crystal bowl you got as a gift = fine
Waterford Crystal bowl you bought for yourself = questionable (depends on which line)
Burnished copper-coloured 'is it glass/ is it plastic' platter you got in Woodies = tsk, tsk, tsk

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:50 am 
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fuse wrote:
Ooohh don't get me started on wedding gifts of Waterford Crystal. And Newbridge silverware. Such a waste of money. Yes im ungrateful, but pretty sure a lot of them are re-gifts. One box i got looked like it had been through 4 or 5 couples by the time it got to us.
Took a while to flog it online!
Seriously though, most of these type of gifts didn't seem very thoughtful, more convenient for unimaginative people.


I'm afraid I have no sentimentality at all when it comes to that stuff, if it doesn't fit in, it goes out the door.


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 Post subject: Re: Worst cliches in interior design?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:00 pm 
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The decline of Waterford Crystal is evident here.

I'm a wine lover, and I have lots of Riedel vinum glasses, which are crystal, but uncut crystal. They're thin, and shaped differently depending on the wine, to allow the drinker to appreciate the particular characteristics of the wine. They have a fairly modern, but classic aesthetic. I love them. They really are just vessels for the wine, and really add to the enjoyment of the same.

The old school Waterford cut crystal glass are just too fancy, fussy and heavy to allow enjoyment of wine. I gave some to my mother in law, who was delighted to get them, but promptly put them at the back of a cupboard where I suspect they will always stay. Newbridge cutlery I don't mind so much, although I prefer the stainless steel ones (which I actually use) over the silver plated kings pattern (again, more fussiness).

We got plenty of both for our wedding. Wine glasses aren't necessarily a bad present, but I already had loads, and can't figure out why someone thought I needed more.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:03 pm 
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anyone else think that Newbridge silver is rubbish quality and naff design? or maybe it's the marketing that's off-putting?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:07 pm 
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slasher wrote:
anyone else think that Newbridge silver is rubbish quality and naff design? or maybe it's the marketing that's off-putting?


I don't have anything to compare it with, so I've no idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Worst cliches in interior design?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:24 pm 
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slasher wrote:
anyone else think that Newbridge silver is rubbish quality and naff design? or maybe it's the marketing that's off-putting?

I wonder does anybody actually choose to buy Newbridge Silver for themselves? Or is it just a handy gift option for the unimaginative type?
I brought back a duplicate cutlery set we received and they were good enough to offer credit note.... really struggled to find something to pick up instead!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:15 pm 
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Got strange looking enormous goblet-type Wateford "wine glasses" as a housewarming gift recently, and the other half has identified them as being useful for pouring generous G&Ts.
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 Post subject: Re: Worst cliches in interior design?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:12 pm 
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mambo wrote:
What are the worst / most common cliches in interior design?

My nomination: Pictures of Audrey Hepburn



Here she is again :-)

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From http://www.myhome.ie/residential/brochu ... -3/3319489

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:37 pm 
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Toilet-bowl mats. :sick:


AKA toilet bibs.

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 Post subject: Re: Worst cliches in interior design?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:51 am 
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mambo wrote:
What are the worst / most common cliches in interior design?

My nomination: Pictures of Audrey Hepburn

Here are two examples from houses currently for sale in Dublin. I'm sure I've seen plenty others.

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http://www.daft.ie/dublin/houses-for-sa ... in-1119921


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http://www.daft.ie/dublin/houses-for-sa ... in-1101016


And yet another Audrey Hepburn in this modernist house in Cork
http://www.thejournal.ie/cork-home-carr ... 1-Apr2018/
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